Tips to prepare your vehicle, home for cold weather

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – Temperatures are dropping, and we could see the first freeze as early as Friday night. So, professionals are sharing some tips to prepare your vehicle and home before the freeze is here to stay.

Mechanics said there are three important tips to keeping your vehicle running smoothly this cold season.

  1. Check your tire pressure. For every 10 degrees dropped in air temperature, your tire pressure drops one pound.
  2. Check your fluid levels. Cold weather can impact oil, transmission, antifreeze, power steering, break fluid and even coolant.
  3. Keep your gas tank at lease half full at all times.

“Condensation can build in that fuel tank,” said Jim Pabst, store manager of Youngstedts Auto Service. “If that condensation builds and we get some extreme cold temperatures that can actually freeze and turn into ice, and that’s an easy way to introduce moisture into the fuel system. That can cause some problems down the road.”

Your vehicle isn’t the only thing professionals said should be at peak efficiency. Kurth Heating & Cooling recommends taking a look at your home’s heating system.

“It’s always a good idea to try your system before you really need it,” said Monte Holty of Kurth Heating & Cooling. “Try it on a weekday so in case it’s not working right you don’t have a weekend service call, but don’t wait until it’s cold before you try your system.”

Holty said to check the condition of your furnace filter. He also said to listen to the furnace to make sure it sounds like it’s running properly. Other tips from Kurth include checking your thermostat. If your thermostat is at 70 degrees, make sure your home feels like 70 degrees. Some furnaces vent out through pipes outside your home so make sure those pipes aren’t blocked.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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